What is my calling?

 

For so many, success is to have material gainings, a big family, getting married, wealth, a successful career. But the true meaning of success really lies in the depth of what God has called us to do on this Earth, His specific purpose for your life and why you walk this Earth. Discovering your purpose and the reason why you were born, is having true success. God chose you before the foundations of the Earth and believe me, His purposes in your life will be accomplished.

Many of us are eagerly seeking and running after a or “the dream,” but what if I told you that your calling will chase YOU. Your dreams and calling are already within you, God has already planted them in you. Similar to your DNA, everything is written and you were designed a specific way. Your future, your story has already been written. Notice what God’s word says…

Psalm 139 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well……. Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.”

Did you see it? God has already written your story, in His book! What a great author He is. He knows your calling, your PURPOSE! He will fulfill His purposes in your life, but this won’t happen until you live out your days for Jesus. Remember it is God’s purpose, not yours that will be fulfilled. That gives us a great relief to know… because God is working out His own purpose in your own life. Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”

God is good. Today, if you’re concerned about your calling and you fear that time is running out. Fear not! There is no need to worry about the future. Your goal is to live out the present and to continue being in God’s will. In your intimate relationship with the LORD, He will guide you and direct your path. God will reveal it to you day by day. There won’t be a need to manipulate situations, people, or strategically force things to happen. It will just come naturally.

Praise the Lord for the time He has given us. I encourage you to make the most of each day and let God lead. He will bring you the divine connections and the divine doors. Remember to walk in His ways and with wisdom daily …and refuse to worry another day. Your ministry, your purpose in this life will be fulfilled before you die; just remain in Him and He will remain in you. Everything really is beautiful in its time and be sure that God will be on time with your purpose in this life as well and in the life to come. You were designed for greatness and your life is essential; God will use your life to fulfill His purpose here on Earth. You’re a part of His great plan. Amen!

The Make it or Break it Test

       Are you one of those people who is currently struggling to pass a test? Does this test mean everything for you? Your livelihood is at stake, your career, your destination. You’ve either failed at it several times and you feel hopeless, or you’re preparing for it and the thought of it makes the yoke heavier. The anxiety keeps increasing and you’re literally a slave to this test. If this is you, you’re definitely not alone and God will work everything out for your good; I am serious. These past three years I’ve been working on getting my license for my teaching career. In order to receive this license, you have to go through a series of requirements showing experience, you need a bachelor’s degree, and you need to pass about seven incredibly difficult state exams. Some of the exams I passed with flying colors, others not so much. As a journalism major, learning about the educational field was completely new to me. It was a world I had never entered and I was starting from scratch. After some time, I passed all six of my exams. I thought I was finished, but I wasn’t. There was one more exam I needed to fulfill to complete the requirements of my job. I figured it wouldn’t be such a difficult task, what’s one more test? It turned out harder than I had imagined.

       Throughout my journey with this test and preparation, God taught me a few things that I would like to share with you. This is especially for those people who feel as if this particular “test” defines who they are, what will happen to them, and it has the ability to break you. The truth is, no test has that power to overcome you in any way. Here is what God taught me:

#1 Put God First. ( Sometimes we can be SO consumed with this test, we eat, breath, and even have nightmares about it. We weep about it, we fret over it, and we halt our time with God, our social lives and even our personal time due to this test. It’s important that we always put God before everything else and not worry. He is the only one that deserves all that time and attention, not a test).

#2 Trust in God’s Timing. (Yes, it sounds cliche, but it’s a fundamental lesson. God knows you’re on a deadline, you don’t need to remind him. Psalm 138:8 says, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.” God will not allow you to fail, He will give you a helping hand).

#3 Let Go. (This one took me at least six months before I understood why I had to let go. I had to let go of the pressure, the fear of not having a job, the fear of not fulfilling my final task, the fear of failure. I had to trust in God’s provision and that He would be faithful to guide me on the right path, even if I did not pass).

#4 Honor God by Trusting Him. ( I could not do this in my own strength. I came to a point that I could no longer rely solely on my knowledge, but I needed God’s wisdom for this exam. Even asking for the right studying material was something I needed to seek God for. Surrender it all to Him and HE WILL guide you).

#5 Persevere. ( Romans 5:4 – “Perseverance, character; and character, hope.” God showed this verse to me when I asked him what else was I supposed to do when I started losing hope. This is something we must never forget, perseverance is the only thing that will mold our character and give us hope. God allows you to go through this trial so that you will learn this).

In the end, I passed my test. I am so grateful but more than anything I am grateful for what God taught me. I’ll never forget the lessons. This entire time I wasn’t preparing to pass this state exam, I was preparing to pass God’s test. May this bless you and give you the courage to fight and remember this, God never fails… Joshua 1:9- Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go).

God bless!

Don’t be Satan’s target

Most Christians place a big emphasis on Satan’s tactics and schemes, but the reality is we are able to evade them. When we declare God’s word that “no weapon forged against us will prosper” we should literally believe it. For a long time I used to believe that I lived in a protective bubble, and while I am protected by God’s sovereign hand, if I make myself a free target, I will surely be darted.

Here is what I mean: if I open “legally” a door to the enemy, Satan has complete reign and permission from God to bother me. You might be saying to yourself, but how could a loving God permit that? Well, the truth is, you did. For example, if you watch pornography, lie, indulge in gossip, or simply are flat out disobedient… expect oppression from Satan. “And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD strengthened Elgon king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.” Judges 3:12

As you can see, oppression comes when you are deliberately in disobedience. Okay, so we know that God allows oppression if we are disobedient, but this oppression leads us to repentance. How do we resist Satan? Here are three simple tips:

#1 Pray that you don’t fall into temptation. The spirit (meaning your spirit) is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:1 (You should pray to avoid falling, you need God’s help).

#2 Look for a door of escape. 1 Corinth 10:13 says that God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (This doesn’t mean you get to indulge in your temptation or weakness by enduring it. It means God will give you the door to run away, it is up to you to find it).

#3 Engrave God’s word in your heart. Proverbs 7:3 says, “Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Keep God’s word fresh in your heart and mind, what you don’t read or revisit is like seeing yourself in a mirror and forgetting what you look like. The Holy Spirit is gracious to remind you, but you should also intentionally read His word and know when to apply it).

Hope this helps and remember, you don’t have to be be a target.

This tongue is on fire!

During my devotional this morning, I came across an incredible chapter in James. Chapter three focuses on the one muscular organ that directs your life. Now, you might be saying…well, this really is your brain. You are correct, it is your brain, but what comes out of your mouth are thoughts that came from your brain and therefore it is steering you in either the wrong or right direction.

Have you’ve ever been caught up in a conversation with someone who is probably saying more than you would have wanted to know? Maybe the details of someone’s personal life that you probably don’t care about or shouldn’t really need to know? My friend, you’ve been caught up in someone’s gossip. Now, while it may not be your fault and that person may not even realize it, God is listening. What can we do to avoid situations like this and crash the chatterbox? Here are a few tips.

#1 Listen but don’t agree. Sometimes people are speaking out of frustration and they just want to be heard. That’s okay, but if you see that this person is purely speaking out of vanity, envy, self-motivation or with the wrong motive, do not come into agreement. Being a good listener is a practice we should all have to understand people; however, the word of God also says that “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.” – Proverbs 10:19 (Therefore, be very careful with what conversation you partake in).

#2 Redirect the conversation. Easier said than done, but it is definitely possible. People have such short attention spans and can be EASILY distracted by the ping of their “Facebook” app or you can use the typical “squirrel” tactic. This will not only save you but give a subliminal indication to that person that you are not interested. Just because this person in Christ, does not mean they have fully manifested the fruits of the Spirit. You may just have come across an immature Christian. James 1:26 says, “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.” Don’t fall into the trap of believing that they are acting Holy, by no means, they need to be rebuked. God’s word says that you will know them by their fruits.

#3 Pray for them. Perhaps you feel uncomfortable telling someone to stop their gossip for fear of creating strife or offense. It is understandable, if this is you, don’t worry the Holy Spirit will take care of it. The best thing you can do is pray for this person’s heart and let the Holy Spirit do the work. Not only does the Holy Spirit convicts gently and it corrects too. Thank you, Jesus!

That’s all for today. God bless you and I hope this helps. Remember James 3:6…”The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” Don’t be involved in that hell and guard your soul.

It’s time to soar, you’re called for more!

     Since the moment I gave my life to Christ, I remember hearing that the prosperity gospel was something to stay away from. While I completely understand why they warned you from it, as Christians, we’re not called either to the poor mentality gospel either. The prosperity gospel concerns itself with self-gratification and your spiritual condition is placed on the back burner. However, due to this extreme, Christians tend to run towards the other end of the spectrum and lack the motivation to be financially free or wealthy. When Jesus came to this Earth, He specifically said He came to give us life more abundantly. I think he was referring to both, physical and spiritual abundance. A lot of times I see the church is not prospering because we’re too complacent in the jobs we have and we slave away.  So many churches and ministries don’t prosper to their full potential because Christians either don’t tithe or give offerings like we ought to or would like to. Imagine if every church member actually tithe? Where would the gospel be now? How many people could we bless?

There is an incredible eye-opening verse in the Bible that truly stuck out to me when I read it, this is in the parable of the shrewd manager. This verse shifted my poor mentality of being stagnant and complacent. I encourage you to read it in its entirety. Essentially Jesus tells the story of a dishonest manager who was not taking care of the dealings of his master. Because this man had never done any hard labor and didn’t want to be homeless, he thought up a great idea. He decided to charge the people who owed his master and cut their bills down, essentially paying his master back something, rather than nothing. Jesus goes on to explain that the master commended the man for his cleverness and how he used his resources.

Luke 16:8 – “For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”

After reading this, I realized that people of this world who don’t have Christ are probably more astute than people from the Kingdom of God. (Come on, seriously people!) Later if you look at the verse, Jesus said that if we use worldly wealth here on Earth and bless others, once it is gone, at least it will have eternal repercussions. For instance, if you sow in a radio station and hundreds get saved, it is very likely that you will meet them in heaven and they will thank you. So the moral of the story is that Jesus wants us to be successful and excel in finances to bless others here and eternally. God doesn’t want us to love money and make it a god, but He does want us to be good stewards of it.

If you’re a wealthy Christian, God has blessed you with riches to bless others. Like the word says, to whom much is given, much is required. And for my fellow believers who are striving for more, Jesus can definitely bless you with more. God wants you to be a good steward of your finances now, even if it is not a lot. Show Him that you can be trusted with little.

Continuing on in the parable, Jesus later says, “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” Brothers and sisters, we need to learn how to handle worldly wealth and stop fearing money. We have the keys to the Kingdom and what we bind here on Earth, we will bind in heaven. It’s time to leave Eygpt and head to the promised land!

God says….”But you are a CHOSEN people, a ROYAL priesthood, a HOLY nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9) Amen and amen. Let us rise together, unite together, and bring the gospel of Christ to others. Let’s use the resources God has given us now to bless others and not waste time wishing we could.